Special Events

Thanks to all who participated in our  20th Anniversary of the DadsDay Run

The Family Connections DadsDay Run, founded by Peter Nagusky, has been a remarkable success for 20 years! Since the beginning we have raised over $500,000 in net proceeds to support our mission of engaging families with young children.  Peter will be serving as Honorary Chair for the 20th Anniversary DadsDay Run. He is a former Family Connections board member and the race founder.

Runners, walkers (bring your dog!), and strollers with kids are all invited to register to participate in the race.  NEW LOCATION:  It will be held, rain or shine, at the Colonnade near the Shaker Main Library and the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Center.  There will be free food and beverages, plus Flower Clown, Devon the DJ, and Matt Wintz, your favorite WKYC TV weatherman will be on-hand to add to the fun.

DadsDay Run is an important event for Family Connections and we will continue this annual community tradition with a live run! This fundraiser provides significant financial support to allow us to continue to provide programs and services to families raising young children.



THANK YOU to all of our Sponsors







We are grateful for the generosity and support of our Sponsors!



Annual Meeting

Family Connections hosted our first ever virtual Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Watch the meeting to learn about Family Connections past, present, and exciting future as we enter our next chapter, with big changes in the works!

Opening Music by Marisa Esposito from Music with Marisa funded by the Joanie Adler Program Fund.


  • Lissy Rand, President of the Board
  • Joanne Federman, Executive Director
  • Barbara Soules, Co-Founder of the Heights Parent Center.

Please Click the Donate Button below and Select your Donation Option. You may include an In memory of/ In honor of dedication in the optional notes:

Donations can also be submitted to us via US mail anytime:

Family Connections
11811 Shaker Blvd, Suite 220
Cleveland, OH  44120

Your gift helps Family Connections make a significant difference in the lives of families with young children. Thank You!

Family Connections is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Check with your employer regarding matching gifts at your work place.

Thanks for participating in our  2020 DadsDay Run Club!


The club participants put in the miles to stay healthy and fit leading up to DADSDAY weekend! They accepted our challenge to run (or walk) and raised pivotal funds for Family Connections, whose service to families with young children is needed now more than ever.

Children, friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members were recruited as we came together while keeping our distance—with the same shared mission, but in a way unlike any of our previous 17 years supporting this great cause.

2020 DadsDay Run Club!




Congratulations to Our Team Members:

The Fund for The Future of Heights Libraries 2019 winner is our own Charniece Holmes.

She was celebrated as the 2019 Door Opener.  Congratulations Charniece!







The Sister of Charity’s Champion of Central Award was awarded to our own Keesha Tolliver Funches.  Congratulations Keesha!